1916. Item #89871
[BIRD AND FLOWER] Watanabe Seitei. SEITEI KACHÔ. Tokyo, Okura Shoten, Okura Yasugoro, Taisho 5 . Brown cloth clasped portfolio, 28.2 x 38 cm. A complete collection of the 22 color prints, the preface and table of contents page, 24 sheets in all, with a colophon label on the inside of the rear cover. A wonderful production in color woodblock of the work of the important artist Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918). Okura Shoten was also the publisher of Seitei's other two books, the 3 volume SEITEI KACHÔ GAFU of 1890-1 and the KACHÔ GAFU of 1903, but this portfolio is by far the rarest of all his works. Prints from the series are seldom seen and much prized, complete sets like this one are vanishingly rare. Overall the condition of the covers is quite good and the prints are well printed. The heavy paper on which the prints are mounted are a bit toned but the prints themselves are quite good and clean, with wonderful colors and impressions. A cornerstone of any Japanese bird and flower collection. Enclosed in a custom clasped cloth box.